NT NETWORK Curchorem
There is an acute shortage of face masks and hand sanitisers in pharmacies of Curchorem and surrounding areas.
As soon as the number of COVID-9 shot up across the world, people purchased the masks and sanitisers that were available in the local pharmacies.
Earlier, there was no demand for both these items and there was little stock available in the pharmacies. Presently, several people are seen covering their faces with handkerchief.
In the meantime, the Sanvordem village panchayat has come forward, and so far, has distributed about 1500 face mask free of cost to the residents of Sanvordem.
These masks were prepared by the local mahila mandals and self-help groups, it is learnt.
When contacted, Sanvordem sarpanch Sandip Pauskar said that “face masks are being made.
The government should take the initiative to provide resource persons to train the members of mahila mandals and self-help groups in preparing face masks and sanitisers so that both these items could be easily made available to the people.”
Councillor Vishwas Sawant Dessai also distributed about one thousand face masks free of cost to the people from his Bansai ward.
He appealed to the social organisations to come forward and prepare face masks and sanitisers if possible, which could be sold at a reasonable rate.
Meanwhile, legal metrology officials from Curchorem thwarted the attempt of some people of supplying substandard face masks and hand sanitisers to the pharmacies.
Acting on complaints, the officials raided some 23 premises in Curchorem, Quepem and Sanvordem.
They have seized 188 face masks and 25 bottles of sanitisers from some pharmacies as the items were not carrying the labels printed with information about mandatory declaration such as MRP, manufacturing dates etc.